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    #1

    on the behalves of?????????

    I would like to know whether this expression (on the behalves of) is correct or not

    Thank you


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    #2

    Re: on the behalves of?????????

    If something is being presented or done of behalf of more than one person, then it can be used. More context would help.

    "On the behalves of xxxx, YYYY, and ZZZZ, we will be investing $4m in these stocks".

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    #3

    Re: on the behalves of?????????

    I wonder whether "behalfs" would be better my dictionary is silent on the question, but in The Winter's Tale (IV iv), it's usually presented as "behalfs":

    "Tell me, for you seem to be honest plain men, what you have to the king: being something gently considered, bring you where he is aboard, tender your persons to his presence, whisper him in your behalfs..."

    MrP


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    #4

    Re: on the behalves of?????????

    Quite probably. However, the etymology of the word "behalf" is interesting and explains the plural form "behalves" = ORIGIN from a mixture of the earlier phrases on his halve and bihalve him, both meaning on his side.


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    Re: on the behalves of?????????

    Behalves is non-standard usage. Behalf is invariable.


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    #6

    Re: on the behalves of?????????

    Welcome to the forums

    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Morti View Post
    Behalves is non-standard usage. Behalf is invariable.
    Your evidence for this? Yes, Behalf is invariable, but the plural is optional.

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